Music enables you to develop your creativity and skill on a chosen instrument or voice. It allows you to explore compositional ideas while underpinning theoretical knowledge and staff notation.

At National, together with the opportunities offered in the classroom, there are a number of enrichment activities for talented musicians and singers to engage with. These include:
• Cadence:vocal harmony group • orchestra • composition club • worship group (religious band) • music theory group • whole academy productions • GLEE club

Key Stage 3
During year 7 we explore the following topics:
• emotions • gamelan • understanding music • music notation • Indian music • early music • cover versions (ensemble work)

Students' knowledge and experience is extended in year 8 by studying:
• using textures in music • film music • dance music • blues • rock and roll • music and media • theme and variation

Year 9 students cover the following topics:
• pop music - hooks and riffs • song writing • reggae • music of the Seasons • rap • music for special occasions

Key Stage 4
For students who wish to take Music at GCSE, students will learn the skills and techniques expected to produce both a solo performance and an ensemble performance. It is essential that students wishing to take the course can sing or play an instrument (no particular grades are required).

Students will also be required to compose two pieces of music inspired by music studied in lessons. They will also need to analyse twelve set works from a variety of genres and answer listening questions and an essay question in the final exam.

Key Stage 5
We currently offer both an A-Level and AS level course in Music. Students who opt to take this course will cover:
• performing music (AS unit) • composing (AS unit) • developing musical understanding (AS unit) • extended performance (A2 unit) • composition and technical study (A2 unit) • further musical understanding (A2 unit)

To find out more about the A-Level and AS courses, visit